Atypical actor Brigette Lundy-Paine came out as non-binary on Instagram, announcing they prefer they/them pronouns.
Lundy-Paine posted a picture of their cat in the announcement post on Friday (November 8) with the caption, “I’m non-binary, always felt a lil bit boy, lil bit girl, lil bit neither. Using they/them as of late [and] it feels right.”
Their post went on to explain both the fear and the necessity they experienced with coming out so publicly.
“[It’s] scary [as fuck] to come out [and] been really putting this off,” Lundy-Paine writes. “But I feel I owe it to myself and to all of us who struggle [with] gender.”
The 25-year-old actor plays Casey in Atypical, the younger sister of the show’s protagonist, an autistic teenager named Sam (played by Keir Gilchrist). Lundy-Paine has been out as queer for the past year, coming out in a 2018 interview with The Advocate.In the interview, they talked about how they related to Casey.
“I think that it’s been magnificent to have a high schooler in my life again, that is me,” Lundy-Paine said of their character. “And in a way, [Casey] knows herself better than I knew myself and is so much more sure of what’s right and wrong than I ever was. I’ve been able to use what I’ve learned as a young adult woman who has found her strength in Casey. And in turn, Casey has brought this youthful vigor and confidence back in my life.”